Shot through the heart: Bon Jovi snubbed by Rock Hall

Shot through the heart: Bon Jovi snubbed by Rock Hall

It's another year and another snub of Bon Jovi by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Jersey rockers, who have just returned home after a tour of Asia and the Middle East, are not included on a list of 2016 nominees for the Rock Hall, which was released on Thursday, Oct. 8.

"At this point, if it was me, I wouldn't go if they inducted me," said Tony Pallagrosi, a music promoter and former member of the Asbury Jukes.

This year's nominees are are Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A, the Smiths, Deep Purple, Janet Jackson, Chic, Steve Miller, Chicago, Chaka Khan, the Spinners, Cheap Trick, the Cars, the J.B.'s, Los Lobos and Yes.

Artists needed to have had released their first single or album in 1990 or earlier in order to be eligible for this year’s ballot. Fans can vote on either the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or Rolling Stone's Web site for their favorite artists through December 9. The top five vote getters will compose a "fan's ballot" that will count as determining ballet, according to the Rock Hall.

Bon Jovi, which has sold more than 130 million records about the world, have been passed over by the Rock Hall since becoming eligible in 2009.

"Bon Jovi, to me, are probably the most important active ambassadors of rock 'n roll," Pallagrosi said. "They've been playing markets years before other acts have been there, particularly the Asian market. They played in the Soviet Union very early on."

The band, which split with guitarist Riche Sambora in 2013, recently released a new album, "Burning Bridges."

"I hope (the Rock Hall) gets better but it just keeps getting worse," Pallagrosi said.

Next to Bon Jovi, Pallagrosi feels there is another deserving artist being slighted.

"Dick Dale created a style of music and created a style and sound of guitar playing that so many guitarists have drawn from," Pallagrosi said. "Certainly the surf guitar sound was created by Dick Dale."

Ballots will be sent to an international voting body of more than 800 artists, historians and members of the music industry, according ot the Rock Hall. The 2016 inductees will be announced in December.


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